Legislation
Number:  WI AB 747 - Updated (Status 02/25/2010)
Title:  Crimes against animals and providing a penalty.

Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, no person may mistreat an animal, fail to provide an animal
for which they are responsible with proper food, water, or shelter, or abandon an
animal. Under most circumstances, a person who does any of these things is guilty
of a Class A misdemeanor.
Under this bill, a person who intentionally mistreats an animal, fails to provide
an animal for which they are responsible with proper food, water, or shelter, or
abandons an animal is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor if the animal suffers bodily
harm, except that if the person commits the violation in the presence of a child under
the age of 18, the person is guilty of a Class I felony. If the animal suffers great bodily
harm, the person is guilty of a Class E felony, except that if the person commits the
violation in the presence of a child under the age of 18, the person is guilty of a Class
D felony. If the animal dies as a result of the person’s actions, the person is guilty
of a Class D felony, except that if the person commits the violation in the presence
of a child under the age of 18, the person is guilty of a Class C felony.
Read the entire bill at: www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/AB-747.pdf



Dog Federation of WI Alert - AB-747 is a bill that covers domestic abuse as well as animal cruelty.
We fully understand legislators that have the best interests of children in mind and applaud their
commitment to protect them. However, this bill goes beyond the scope of protecting children and in
the process could make anyone that uses any type of aversive training (i.e. prong or choke collars)
method or whose breed is traditionally docked or cropped or those that have dew claws removed, or
perhaps cause a nail to bleed when cutting too close to the quick, a felon if done in front of a child.
We feel that this bill in its current form had input from animal rights organizations as the wording is
such that even hunting with a child could cause a person to be prosecuted for animal abuse and
subject to felony charges.

Read the entire alert at: www.dfow.net/2010WindchillBillAlert.pdf
Current Legislation
Title:  Animals taken into custody. (FE)

Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill changes the laws related to animals that are taken into custody on behalf of a city,
village, town, or county (political subdivision).  This bill will require a seizure bond to be paid by
the animal owner if those animals are seized by Animal Control.
Read the entire bill at: www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/AB-793.pdf

Dog Federation of WI Alert - AB 793 & SB580 are the Assembly and Senate bill drafts that
seek to seriously undermine your Federal 14th
Amendment rights. For those of you that are familiar with the Kentucky supreme court ruling
(Louisville Kennel Club, et al vs. Metro Government), the judge in that case ruled that dogs are
personal property under the 14th Amendment of the constitution, and the requirement of a
seizure bond (where you must post a bond upon a showing of probable cause and if you cannot
post the bond your animals become the property of the state, city etc.) is unconstitutional in the
State of Kentucky and a finding of guilt must occur before a court can take your property. This
case received National attention and thousands of dog owners and organizations throughout
the US pooled their financial resources to help with the legal
fees in this case.

Read the entire alert at: www.dfow.net/2010AB793AndSB580-BondsRequired.pdf